Why are there so few women in politics? Why is public space, whether it’s the street or social media, still so inhospitable to women? What does Carrie Fisher have to do with Mary Wollstonecraft? And why is a wedding ceremony Satan’s playground?
These are some of the questions that bestselling author and acclaimed journalist Elizabeth Renzetti examines in her new collection of essays. Drawing upon Renzetti’s decades of reporting on feminist issues, Shrewed is a book about feminism’s crossroads. From Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign to the quest for equal pay, from the lessons we can learn from old ladies to the future of feminism in a turbulent world, Renzetti takes a pointed, witty look at how far we’ve come — and how far we have to go.
If Nellie McClung and Erma Bombeck had an IVF baby, this book would be the result. If they’d lived at the same time. And in the same country. And if IVF had been invented. Well, you get the point.
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Journalist Elizabeth Renzetti’s essay collection comes at a time of reckoning and casts a spotlight on the post-Weinstein era of feminist activism. Her deeply personal commentaries focus on the universal plight of women, referencing feminists from Simone de Beauvoir to Roxane Gay and turning up the heat on society’s ongoing failure to respect and support half of the world’s population. With her witty but fierce insights, Renzetti reads like a Canadian Lindy West; Shrewed belongs in the hands of women—and men—everywhere.